Pension funds’s illiquid assets allocation under liquidity and capital requirements

De ned bene t pension funds invest in illiquid asset classes for return, diversi cation or liability hedging reasons. So far, little is known about factors in uencing how much they invest in illiquid assets. We conjecture that liquidity and capital requirements are pivotal in this decision. Short-term pension payments and margining on derivative contracts generate liquidity requirements, while regulations impose capital requirements. Consistent with our model we empirically fi nd that these requirements create a hump-shaped impact of liability duration on the fraction of risky assets invested in illiquid assets. Further, we report that pension fund size, type, and funding ratio impact illiquid assets allocations.

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